Alicia Byer and Charlie Carlos Los Angeles Composers’ Collective premieres reviewed

Alumna Alicia Byer, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Composers Collective, had her string quartet Thoughts on Spring premiered on May 25 by the Fiato Quartet in Chintatown. The long-lived new music blog, Sequenze21 reviewed the concert, praising Alicia’s work as music that “artfully describes the yearly process of natural renewal”

Alumnus Charlie Carlos’s work, At the Warren, ”captures the energy and movement of rabbits in the wild. At times this piece turns smoothly pastoral and was reminiscent of early 20th century English music.” Charlie is Fundraising Director of the Los Angeles Composers Collective.


Ron Mitchell in Chicago

Alumnus Ron Mitchell will be singing with Bella Voce at the Harris Theater in April.

Bella Voce performs classic a cappella repertoire, early music of the Americas, and contemporary music from all over the world. In 2004 Bella Voce received the prestigious Alice Parker ASCAP Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming. The Harris Theater is in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.

Alumna Sarah Carrier at 2014 National Flute Association convention

Alumna Sarah Carrier’s proposal for the 2014 National Flute Association convention was accepted, and as a result, her group Parhelion Trio will perform two works: Glassworks by Sunny Knable  and Techno-Parade by Guillame Connesson.

Sarah writes, “We are very thrilled to be a part of this year’s theme: Perform, Inspire, and Educate.  This theme is especially meaningful to me because of the impact of my two major teachers, John Barcellona and Robert Dick (who is this year’s recipient of the NFA Lifetime Achievement Award).”